July 27, 2016 / 6:54 PM / 3 years ago

Detention of more Turkish journalists part of 'troubling trend': U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States understands Turkey’s need to hold perpetrators of the recent attempted coup to account but the detention of more journalists is part of a worrisome trend that discourages public discourse, the State Department said on Wednesday.

“We would see this ... as a troubling trend in Turkey where official bodies, law enforcement and judicial, are being used to discourage legitimate political discourse,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told a press briefing.

Reporting by David Alexander; Editing by Eric Walsh

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